Fly fishing is a popular technique for catching trout, and Oklahomans have a great opportunity to learn how it’s done at an upcoming course held by the Illinois River Fly Fishing School. A course will be held Feb. 21-22 based out of Tenkiller State Park.

Long-time instructor Mark Patton says the clinic lays a good foundation for both  amateur and experienced anglers. While he “starts from the ground up,” Patton said even those familiar with fly fishing can benefit from the instruction.

The clinic will offer in depth information on equipment, tackle assembly, knots,  flies, casting, and tactics and will include on-stream fishing instruction. According to Patton, participants will leave with a better understanding of fly fishing by  learning how the equipment works and why it performs the way it does when operated properly. Upon completion of the Illinois River Fly Fishing School, Patton said participants will be ready to begin fishing by themselves.

The clinic costs $150 and includes orientation on Friday night as well as Saturday morning sessions. Anglers are encouraged to stay and fish Sunday. Spots are limited, and registration is required by calling (405) 340-1992. Meals are an additional $30. Lodging is not included but can be booked directly through Tenkiller State Park by calling (918) 489-5643

Fly rods will be available for loan on Saturday, and participants who own their own gear are encouraged to bring it with them to the clinic. Participants should  dress for outdoor conditions and bring a hat, sunglasses, coat, rain gear and flashlight.

The “welcome session” begins at 8 p.m. Friday for both weekends

For more information or to register, call Patton at (405) 340-1992.

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